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  • WWF WrestleMania Steel Cage Challenge (NES)

    WWF WrestleMania: Steel Cage Challenge (LJN, 1992)


    WWF WrestleMania Steel Cage Challenge was released by Acclaim first for the NES in 1992 and later ported to the Sega Master System and Game Gear in 1993 with the SMS version being a Europe only release. The game features 10 wrestlers including, of course, Hulk Hogan. The SMS/Game Gear and NES versions feature slightly different sets of wrestlers to chose from. While WWF fans will certainly be interested, this is a pretty mediocre title and you should probably temper your expectations.

    There are various modes of play to choose from including one-on-one, tag team and championship. With tag team you of course get to choose two out of the ten wrestlers instead of just one. There are a fairly wide variety of moves that you can execute including punches, kicks, body slams, throws, headbutts, clothesline, powerslam, stomp, elbow drop and others. So what’s the down side? The controls are pretty crappy and the movies are difficult making for an often frustrating play experience. However, multiplayer is the great equalizer and no doubt WWF/WWE fans can still have fun with this one.

    There has been no re-release of this game nor is there likely to be one. You’ll have to track down an original version (the NES version preferably or perhaps the SMS version if you are in Europe) or try it out on an emulator. There are better fighting games out there, even on 8-bit though so I would say this one is only for the hardcore WWF fan.

    All screenshots above are from the NES version of the game.

  • MicroLeague Wrestling (Commodore 64)

    MicroLeague Wrestling (Micro League Multimedia Inc., 1987)


    I was never a huge professional wrestling fan but I had a couple of friends who were and I did watch a bit back in the WWF days. MicroLeague Wrestling is a great game for wrestling fans of that era. This game was originally released in 1987 for the Commodore 64 and Atari ST.

    MicroLeague Wrestling is a rather unique game. It isn’t really an action game as you might expect but a turn based strategy game. You get to select from a menu of moves and then the moves are played out via digital images from real matches. The original release featured Hulk Hogan vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Hulk Hogan vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. Later expansions and the 1989 release for the Amiga and DOS featured different matches.

    Personally, I like the turn based approach though it won’t be for everyone. It’s a pretty decent game but you may find replayability limited given the limited number of match-ups. I’m not aware of this game having any re-releases and it’s pretty unlikely that there will be any given that there are probably licensing issues and the WWF doesn’t exist anymore. You’ll have to play on original hardware or use emulation. I’m most familiar with the Commodore 64 version (pictures above) but I believe all versions are pretty similar.